SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL, exhibits, performances and demonstrations by musicians, dancers, craftspeople, storytellers and artists; themes include "Oman: Desert, Oasis and Sea," "Forest Service, Culture and Community," "Nuestra Musica: Music in Latino Culture" and "Food Culture USA," 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. today through Monday; concerts, 5:30-9 p.m. each day, the Mall, between Seventh and 14th streets SW. Free. 202-633-9884 or www.folklife.si.edu.
STAR-SPANGLED BANNER, a museum staff member discusses the history of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and the museum's conservation project for the flag, 11 a.m. Thursdays through July 28, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.
JAZZ GUITAR CONCERT, Geoff Reecer, noon-1 p.m., Old Post Office Pavilion, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-289-4224.
COUNTRY MUSIC, Cravin' Dogs, noon-2 p.m., Farragut Square, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW. Free. 202-463-3400.
FARMERS MARKET, fruit and vegetables, cooking demonstration by a chef, sponsored by the Downtown Business Improvement District, 3-7 p.m. Thursdays, through Nov. 3, Penn Quarter, Eighth Street NW between D and E streets. Free admission. 202-638-3232.
HONEYBEE PROGRAM, for ages 4 and older; a park ranger discusses pollen gathering and leads a game and a craft event, 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
KIDS ART WORKSHOP, led by a museum staff member, 4:30-6 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
BIG-BAND MUSIC, the University of Maryland Community Band, bring a picnic meal and blanket, 6:30-8 p.m., National Zoological Park, Lion/Tiger Hill, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-633-4480.
"LAST BEST CHANCE," a docudrama about terrorists who might acquire nuclear weapons; a discussion follows, led by Siegfried Hecker, director emeritus of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Rose Gottemoeller, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 7 p.m., American Association for the Advancement of Science, 12th and H streets NW. Free; reservations recommended. 202-326-6434.
"RED, WHITE AND TUNA," Joe Sears and Jaston Williams portray 20 male and female residents of Tuna, Tex., 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and July 5 and 6; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through July 10; Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $20-$55. 202-467-4600.
"TAKE ME OUT," Richard Greenberg's comedy-drama about baseball and male bonding; 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. Wednesdays, through July 24; Studio Theatre's Mead Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $25-$48. 202-332-3300.
JAZZ CONCERT, the Navy Band's Commodores, 8 p.m., west side of the Capitol. Free. 202-433-2525.
"BEAUTY QUEEN" PLAY, the Keegan Theatre performs Martin McDonagh's "The Beauty Queen of Leenane," about an insecure woman who interferes with the life of her middle-aged single daughter; 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, through July 23; Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $25; seniors and students $20. 703-527-6000.
PUPPET SHOW, for ages 6-12, Dan Raynor of Steven Puppets tells the story of Aladdin, 10:30 a.m., Northeast branch library, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free. 202-698-3320.
NEO SOUL MUSIC, Union Street, sponsored by the National Park Service, noon-2 p.m., Franklin Square Park, 14th and I streets NW. Free. 202-619-7222.
VIOLIN RECITAL, Susan Jones plays music ranging from classical to jazz, noon, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-7370.
MUSEUM JAZZ CONCERT, Perry Conticchio Quartet, 5-8 p.m., National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-289-3360.
KENNEDY CENTER FREE CONCERTS, Afro-Puerto Rican music by Los Planeros de la 21, 6 p.m. Friday; cowboy singer and storyteller Chuck Milner and songwriter Patrick Karnahan, 6 p.m. Saturday; storyteller, singer, dancer and flutist Keith Bear with storyteller and songwriter Rita Cantu, 6 p.m. Sunday; in conjunction with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the Mall, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.
CHAMBER RECITAL, members of the Marine Band perform solo and ensemble pieces, 6:30 p.m., Alliance Francaise, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. Free; reservations required. 202-234-7911.
LAURENCE HARVEY FILM, "A Girl Named Tamiko" (1962), costarring France Nuyen, about a Eurasian man living in Japan who hopes to come to America, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.
MARINE PARADE, Marine Silent Drill Platoon and Drum and Bugle Corps in ceremonial uniform, 8:45 p.m.; Marine Band concert, 9 p.m., Fridays through Aug. 26, Marine Barracks, Eighth and I streets SE. Free; preregistration required for reserved seating; gates open at 7 p.m. for non-reserved seating. 202-433-6060.
ROCK CREEK PARK WALK, for ages 4 and older. A park ranger leads a short hike and discusses how park animals use their senses to survive; 10:30 a.m., Peirce Barn, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
PERUVIAN TEXTILES TALK, Ann Pollard Rowe, curator of Western Hemisphere Collections, discusses "Gods and Empire: Huari Ceremonial Textiles," about the textiles of the empire in the Peruvian Andes mountains between 750 and 1000 A.D.; 11 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.
NATIVE AMERICAN STORIES, writer Gayle Ross tells tales that her Cherokee grandmother told her, noon and 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday, National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
CORN HUSK DOLL MAKING, for ages 5 and older. A park ranger shows how to use string and corn husks to create a replica of the popular Colonial toy; 12:30 p.m., Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. Free. 202-426-6851.
JAZZ CONCERTS, the Dave Mosick Trio, 1-4 p.m. Saturday; jazz vocalist Liz Briones, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Old Post Office Pavilion, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-289-4224.
FREER ART EXHIBIT TALK, a docent leads a tour of the exhibit "Caravan Kingdoms: Yemen and the Ancient Incense Trade," 1:15 p.m. Saturdays, through July 30, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
ROCK CREEK BIKE RIDE, for age 10 and older. A park ranger leads a ride to Boundary Bridge. Bring a bike (helmets required); 2 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
PLANETARIUM PROGRAM, for age 7 and older. A park ranger discusses celestial bodies, 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
GEORGETOWN PARK HIKE, for ages 10 and older, a park ranger leads a hike on forest trails in Dumbarton Oaks Park, 9:30 a.m., meet at the Lover's Lane entrance of Dumbarton Oaks, 31st and R streets NW. Free. 202-426-6829.
CATHEDRAL TOUR, a docent leads a tour of the Lincoln Bay, the War Memorial Chapel and other areas where statesmen are depicted in stained glass or other forms, 1:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $5. 202-537-6207.
PEIRCE MILL RESTORATION, for all ages, update discussed by a park ranger, 2 p.m., Peirce Barn, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
ROCK CREEK PARK WALK, for ages 7 and older, a ranger leads a three-mile round trip along a relatively flat area to Rock Creek's rapids, 2 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
CATHEDRAL ORGAN RECITAL, Joby Bell, 5 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200.
CATHEDRAL ORGAN RECITAL, Erik Suter performs the "Star-Spangled Banner," other patriotic works, Broadway tunes and more; 11 a.m., Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200.
CHORAL CONCERT, the Boys Choir of Tallahassee, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
CHILDREN'S STORIES, for ages 3 and 4 accompanied by an adult, a librarian reads to children and leads them in songs and finger plays; 10 and 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Petworth branch library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW, 202-541-6300, and 10 and 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Juanita E. Thornton-Shepherd Park branch library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW, 202-541-6100. Free.
CHILDREN'S MUSIC, for ages 4-8, Jim Hossick sings and plays guitar, 10:30 a.m., West End branch library, 1101 24th St. NW. Free. 202-724-8707.
STRING RECITAL, the Army Band's string ensemble, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 13th and G streets NW. Free. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.
CHILDREN'S ART WORKSHOP, for ages 6-14, a staff member discusses Chinese New Year celebrations, tells what it means to be born in the year of the rooster and leads a workshop to create a rooster puppet to take home; 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, through July 13, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-357-2700 or 202-633-0461.
MUSIC IN THE BOTANIC GARDEN, Aymara Star performs on instruments from the Andes Mountains of South America as visitors tour the garden; 5-8 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. Free; preregistration required. 202-226-4082.
KENNEDY CENTER FREE MUSIC, the Jeremy Kittel Trio performs Scottish, Irish, bluegrass, jazz and folk music, 6 p.m., Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
GENE KELLY FILM, "Christmas Holiday" (1944), costarring Deanna Durbin; a psychological drama based on a W. Somerset Maugham novel, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.
"CROWNS," Regina Taylor's musical adaptation of the Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry book about how hats worn by South Carolina women contribute to their identities; 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 7; Arena Stage, Kreeger Theater, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. $54-$69. 202-488-3300.
LACE ARTIFACTS, Chesapeake Region Lace Guild staff members show lace in the museum's collection and discuss the history of lace-making, 10 a.m.; guild members give lace-making demonstrations, 1-2 p.m., National Museum of American History, Textile Hall, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free; reservations required for tour. 202-633-3826.
CHILDREN'S STORIES, for ages 8-12. Janice the Griot tells contemporary and traditional tales of African and African American folklore, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Lamond-Riggs branch library, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE, 202-541-6255; 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Woodridge Regional branch library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE, 202-541-6226; 10:30 a.m. July 7, Georgetown branch library, 3260 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-282-0220; 1:30 p.m. July 7, Cleveland Park branch library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-282-3080. Free.
FAN WORKSHOP, for all ages, a museum staff member helps visitors create colorful hand-held fans shaped like buildings; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $3 per project. 202-272-2448.
CUBAN MUSIC, Phil French saxophone performance sponsored by the National Park Service, noon-2 p.m., Franklin Square Park, 14th and I streets NW. Free. 202-619-7222.
MUSEUM CONCERT, by the Air Force Band's Silver Wings, noon-1 p.m., National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-767-5658.
JAZZ AT NOON, rhythm and blues by C. Huff, noon-1 p.m., Old Post Office Pavilion, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-289-4224.
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR LECTURE, Louise Lawrence Israels, from Haarlem, the Netherlands, discusses how she and her family hid from the Nazis in Amsterdam during World War II, 1 p.m., U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. Free. 202-488-0427.
POETRY FOR YOUTHS, for age 12 and older, Ramona and Jason Davis of PJP Kidz 'N' Teenz Limited engage the audience in poetry to promote positive self-expression, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Northeast branch library, 330 Seventh St. NE, 202-698-3320, and 1:30 p.m. July 7, Palisades branch library, 49th and V streets NW. 202-282-3139. Free.
PLANETARIUM PROGRAM, for ages 2-10. A park ranger discusses what astronomers can see in the night sky, 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
LENA HORNE FILMS, "Boogie Woogie Dream" (1941) and "Stormy Weather" (1943), 7 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $5; students and those age 60 and older $4. 202-783-7370.
COUNTRY AND BLUEGRASS MUSIC, the Navy Band's Country Current acoustic ensemble performs traditional, contemporary and original bluegrass compositions; 6 p.m., lawn of the National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or 202-433-2525.
PUPPET SHOW, for ages 6-12. Dan Raynor of Stevens Puppets tells the story of Aladdin, 10:30 a.m., Juanita E. Thornton-Shepherd Park branch library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW, 202-541-6100, and 1:30 p.m., Takoma Park branch library, 416 Cedar St. NW, 202-576-7252. Free.
CATHEDRAL TOUR, for age 12 and older. Docents show gargoyles, stained-glass windows, vaulting and more; wear comfortable shoes for lots of stair climbing; 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. weekdays, through September, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $10. 202-537-6200.
CHILDREN'S MUSIC, for ages 4-8. Jim Hossick sings and plays the guitar; 10:30 a.m., Petworth branch library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-541-6300.
CHILDREN'S POETRY, STORIES, for ages 6-11. Nick Newlin in "The Nicolo Whimsey Show," with music, juggling and comedy, highlighting the importance of reading and language development; 10:30 a.m., Mount Pleasant branch library, 3160 16th St. NW. Free. 202-671-0200.
MUSEUM QUILTS, volunteers from the Annapolis Quilt Guild show quilts in the museum's collection and demonstrate their quilting techniques; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. July 7 and 19, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free; reservations required. 202-357-1889, Ext. 6.
D.W. GRIFFITH'S "INTOLERANCE," 1916 film starring Lillian Gish, about intolerance throughout history; 6 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.
JAZZ IN A GARDEN, guitarist Michael J. Harris. Bring a picnic meal and a blanket, 6:30-8:30 p.m., St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3655 Calvert St. NW. Free. 202-333-4949.
BLUES, JAZZ, POP, the Mary Ann Redmond Band; 6:30-8 p.m., National Zoological Park, Lion/Tiger Hill, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-633-4480.
HIRSHHORN ART TOUR, exhibit coordinator Rachel Coker and researcher Lauren Hebert lead a tour of the exhibit "Visual Music"; 7 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
MUSEUM ARCHITECTURE LECTURE, Scott J. Tilden, a scholar of contemporary museum architecture, discusses his book "Architecture for Art: American Art Museums 1938-2008," about how architects such as I.M. Pei and Frank Lloyd Wright developed plans for displaying and preserving art, integrating the museum into the neighborhood and more, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $20. 202-639-1770.
EMBASSY ART RECEPTION, for a collection of Korean art in many media by artists Jung Hye Han, Yun-joo Choi, Kelly Song and Yoon-jeong Kim; 6-8 p.m. July 7; exhibit continues 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays through July 28; Embassy of the Republic of Korea, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-797-6346.
-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER
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